King Cotton dethroned after long reign in Delta
The crop helped the Delta thrive, then contributed to its downfall. Now corn and soybeans dominate the land.
Cotton was always king in the Delta. Every fall harvest, its snowy white fiber stretched as far as the eye could see, unbroken for miles in every direction. It propped up every town and grew roots into every purse and pocket under the humid, harsh Delta sky. It was the reason for the Delta.